ACT Accommodations: How to Get Assistance on Test Day

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Test-takers in need of ACT testing accommodations can get a variety of support. In this post, we’ll discuss how to apply for ACT accommodations and/or English Learner supports, the available testing dates if you need accommodations, and how to simulate ACT accommodations in your test prep.

How do I apply for ACT accommodations?

To learn how to apply for disability-related ACT testing accommodations, the official Policy for ACT Accommodations Documentation is in-depth and quite helpful. In brief, here are the steps for applying for disability accommodations and/or English Learner (EL) supports:

  1. Register with the Test Accessibility and Accommodations (TAA) system:
    • Create or log in to an existing account
    • Register for the ACT test
    • Indicate need for ACT testing accommodations and/or English Learner supports
    • Select the type of accommodation and/or English Learner supports you need. Details of a student’s accommodations or English Learner supports are not shared with the score recipients.


  2. Once you complete registration, you’ll get an email with instructions on how to work with your school to submit a request. Forward the email along with the Consent to Release Information to ACT form.
  3. Your school official submits the actual request to ACT.
  4. All requests for ACT accommodations and English Language supports, including appeals, must be submitted by your school official by the published late registration deadlines for your preferred test date. Find upcoming test dates and deadlines on the Registration page.
  5. Finally, make sure to review the Accommodations Checklist and the FAQs for Students and Parents. These will be helpful guides throughout the process.

Home-schooled students should check out the Accommodations Checklist for Homeschooled Students or Examinees No Longer in School.

What are ACT English Learner supports?

ACT accommodations for ELL learners are meant to make the test fair for non-native English speakers. If you’re not familiar with English Learner supports, qualifying students can use one or all of:

  • Extended time, not to exceed time and a half
  • Approved word-to-word bilingual dictionary (no definitions)
  • Test directions in the native language
  • Testing in a familiar environment/small group

ACT ELL accommodations are fairly new, and many of our students have questions about them. Feel free to ask us anything in the comments, or refer to the following links:

What are the testing windows for accommodated ACT exams?

Below are the special testing windows for the current academic year (for test-takers based in the US, US Territories, or Puerto Rico). This article will be updated once the next academic year’s schedule is up, and you can also watch for updates on the official ACT testing accommodations page.

Test DateTesting Window
September 8, 2018September 8 – 30
October 27, 2018October 27 – November 18
December 8, 2018December 8 – 30
February 9, 2019February 9 – March 3
April 13, 2019April 13 – May 5
June 8, 2019June 8 – 30
July 13, 2019
*Not available in New York or California
July 13 – August 4

Contact Info

If you have more questions about ACT accommodations, you can also contact ACT directly using the Contact Form or by calling:

(319) 337-1332
Monday – Friday, 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM (Central)
Call wait times may vary.

How to use Magoosh to simulate ACT accommodations (specfically, ACT extended time)

You can add extra time to your practice tests on Magoosh, similar to what you’d receive in ACT testing accommodations. First go to the Account tab on the upper right and choose Profile:

Simulate ACT accommodations on Magoosh profile - magoosh

Then select the green Edit Account Information button on the bottom left:

Edit Magoosh account to simulate ACT accommodations - magoosh

And then select the time change you want:

Choose extra time for ACT accommodations - magoosh

NOTE: Special thanks to Matt Slayton in Magoosh Student Help for doing the initial research and assisting with the writing.


  • David Recine

    David is a Test Prep Expert for Magoosh TOEFL and IELTS. Additionally, he's helped students with TOEIC, PET, FCE, BULATS, Eiken, SAT, ACT, GRE, and GMAT. David has a BS from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire and an MA from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls. His work at Magoosh has been cited in many scholarly articles, his Master's Thesis is featured on the Reading with Pictures website, and he's presented at the WITESOL (link to PDF) and NAFSA conferences. David has taught K-12 ESL in South Korea as well as undergraduate English and MBA-level business English at American universities. He has also trained English teachers in America, Italy, and Peru. Come join David and the Magoosh team on Youtube, Facebook, and Instagram, or connect with him via LinkedIn!

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